JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, 1 in 4 traffic deaths involved pedestrians. Between 2012 and 2017, 233 traffic deaths involved pedestrians and crashes. That’s an average of 39 traffic deaths per year.
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The United States Department of Transportation announced on Wed., Feb. 1, that $280,000 in federal discretionary grant funding would be awarded to the City of Jacksonville.
The Transportation Planning Division will receive the funds to support development of its Vision Action Plan: Targeting Zero Bicycle and Pedestrian Fatalities by 2030.
The City of Jacksonville said in a released statement that the development of the plan is the first step in reaching a target of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries among all roadway users by the year 2030. The plan will identify countermeasures for safer roadways, recommended policies and actionable items, a prioritized corridor network for targeted safety improvements, and short-and-long term performance targets.
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“The process of developing the plan requires participation from all stakeholders, including elected officials, local, regional, and state governments, private sector and nonprofit agencies, and - most importantly - Jacksonville residents,” the statement read.